Was Darwin Racist? - Adam Gopnik
Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2009/05/20/Adam_Gopnik_and_Steven_Pinker_Debate_Darwin The New Yorker's Adam Gopnik examines Charles Darwin's contentious exploration of race. Gopnik argues that while Darwin may have been a "civilizationist," he was not inherently racist. ----- Adam Gopnik, author of Angels and Ages, A Short Book About Darwin, Lincoln and Modern Life and Steven Pinker, author of The Blank Slate and many other works, discuss a fundamental question: How far can Darwin take us as a guide to why we are the way we are? Both outspoken appreciators of Darwin, Adam Gopnik and Steven Pinker will compare their visions -- perhaps complementary, perhaps contrasting -- of what Darwin's legacy is on the two hundredth anniversary of his birth. - New York Public Library Adam Gopnik has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1986. His work for that publication has earned him both the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting as well as three National Magazine Awards for Essay and Criticism. In 1995, The New Yorker dispatched Gopnik to Paris to write the Paris Journals, in which he described daily life in that city, drawing revelations from everyday observations. His most recent book is Angels and Ages: A Short Book About Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life.